Central and Eastern Berkshire - Joint Minerals & Waste Plan

JCEB Focussed Regulation 18 Consultation: Sand & Gravel Provision and Operator Performance

The event planned at Champney Hall, Horton on the 17 March 2020 has now been cancelled following advice from Public Health England regarding the possibility of COVID-19 infection.

The planned presentation due to be delivered at the Horton Parish Council Meeting is available below.

Central and Eastern Berkshire – Joint Minerals & Waste Plan 17 March 2020

If you have any queries about the site not answered by the information below please contact berks.consult@hants.gov.uk or call 01962 846746

Please note that additional text has been added to the consultation document, to reflect new information regarding Land West of Basingstoke Road, Spencers Wood: "Amendment 06 March 2020 – Initial estimates are of 200,000 – 250,000 tonnes of sand and gravel, further information is pending and will be considered along with other issues raised through this consultation.

Bracknell Forest Council, Reading Borough Council, the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead and Wokingham Borough Council (collectively referred to as the Central and Eastern Berkshire Authorities) are working in partnership to produce a Joint Minerals and Waste Plan which will guide minerals and waste decision making in the Plan area.

The Joint Minerals and Waste Plan will build upon the formerly adopted minerals and waste plans for the Berkshire area, eventually providing replacement policies based on up to date evidence of the current levels of provision for minerals and waste facilities in the Plan area.  Importantly, the Plan aims to establish the future levels of provision required to meet national and regional policy targets and objectives.  It will set out a new vision of how this will be achieved and provide details of strategic sites that we propose will deliver the vision.

To date, several information gathering consultations have been achieved to inform the Plan, each of these form part of consultations undertaken as part of Regulation 18 (of the Local Planning (England) Regulations 2012):

  • In Summer 2017, an ‘Issues and Options’ Consultation was undertaken to gather technical information and confirm the evidence base;
  • During Summer / Autumn 2018, a ‘Draft Plan’ consultation set out the proposed approach for the Joint Minerals and Waste Plan
  • Due to a limited number of site options, a further ‘Call for Sites’ exercise was carried out.This resulted in an additional site (Bray Quarry Extension) being proposed. This was subject to consultation during the Summer of 2019

Thank you for your responses to the JCEB Focussed Regulation 18 Consultation: Sand & Gravel Provision and Operator Performance consultation. We are now working on updating the Plan and its evidence base and producing a full report detailing the outcomes of the consultation.


The JCEB Focussed Regulation 18 Consultation: Sand & Gravel Provision and Operator Performance consultation has now closed, it ran for 6 weeks between 10 February to 23 March 2020.

A further Regulation 19 Consultation will take place in 2020.

Key documents



Focussed Consultation document


Documents are also available for inspection during normal working hours at the following locations:

  • Bracknell Forest Council offices: Time Square, Market Street, Bracknell, Berkshire RG12 1JD
  • Reading Council offices: Civic Offices, Bridge Street, Reading RG1 2LU
  • The Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead: Maidenhead Library, St Ives Road, Maidenhead SL6 1QU
  • Wokingham Borough Council offices: Shute End, Wokingham, Berkshire RG40 1BN
  • Public libraries within the administrative areas of the Central & Eastern Berkshire Authorities

Previous work on the Plan

The first stage in plan preparation was the Issues and Options consultation, conducted Summer 2017.
The second stage in plan-preparation was the Draft Plan consultation, conducted Summer 2018.
Following completion of the consultation, the results were analysed and included in the JCEB Draft Plan Consultation Summary Report. The report seeks to detail who responded, whether the policies and sites were considered sound and what amendments were proposed.

This summary of responses report is a guide for stakeholders and the Central & Eastern Berkshire Authorities to review the responses received. It will be used, together with the full responses and any further information collected or received, to prepare for the next consultation (the 'Proposed Submission consultation') which is scheduled to be carried out in 2019. The full responses are being published through the following document along with the names of the respondents. In line with Data Protection legislation and principles, personal addresses and any personally sensitive information has been redacted.

JCEB Minerals and Waste Plan Draft Plan Consultation 2018

As part of the second stage of the Plan preparation process, was the Additional Regulation 18 (Site Specific) Consultation, conducted during the summer of 2019. The Site Specific Consultation focussed on Bray Quarry Extension and associated assessments (including the Sustainability Appraisal (incorporating Strategic Environmental Assessment). It ran for six weeks, beginning 9 July 2019 and ending on 19 August 2019. The responses have now been processed and the consultation summary can be read here: Consultation Summary Report: Addendum

Each year Minerals Planning Authorities are required to produce a Local Aggregates Assessment to establish the current and predicted situation in that Authority (NPPF 2019). The 2019 Central and Eastern Berkshire Local Aggregates Assessment can be read here: 2019 JCEB Local Aggregates Assessment

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